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attached to the centre of gyration of the pendulum, adding to its inertia without adding to its weight, in order that the increased inertia, combined with the buoyancy of the air, may account for the whole effect observed. I shall uniformly write n for Baily's n, in order to distinguish it from the n of Part I. of the present paper, which has a totally different meaning. In the case of a pendulum oscillating in air, it will be sufficient, unless the pendulum be composed of extremely light materials, to add together the effects of buoyancy and inertia. Hence if the pendulum consist of a sphere attached to a fine wire of which the effect is neglected, or else of a uniform cylindrical rod, we may suppose n = 1 + k, where k is the factor so denoted in Part I.; so that if M be the mass of air displaced, kM' will be the mass which we must suppose collected at the centre of the sphere, or distributed uniformly along the axis of the cylinder, in order to express the effect of the inertia of the air. The second mode of exhibiting the effect of the air was suggested by Mr Airy, and is better adapted than the former for investigating the effect of the several pieces of which a pendulum of complicated form is composed. Since the value of the factor n and that of the weight of air are merely two different expressions for the result of the same experiment, it would be sufficient to compare either with the result calculated from theory. In some cases, however, I have computed both. In almost all the calculations I have employed 4-figure logarithms. The experimental result is sometimes exhibited to four figures, but no reliance can be placed on the last. In fact, in the best observations, the mean error in different determinations of n for the same pendulum appears to have been about the one-hundredth part of the whole, and that it should be so small, is a proof of the extreme care with which the experiments must have been performed.
55. I commence with the 13th set of experiments—Results with plain cylindrical rods—page 441. This set contains three pendulums, each consisting of a long rod attached to a knife-edge apparatus. The result obtained with each pendulum furnishes an equation for the determination of //, and the theory is to be tested by the accordance or discordance of the values so obtained. The principal steps of the calculation are contained in the following table.